The Infiniti G35 rivals the performance of BMW's 3-series.
Here are a few cars we've recently driven that we liked, but didn't have space to write about in detail.
Infiniti G35 Sports Sedan
Torque: 270 pound-feet
Zero-60: 6 seconds
Fuel economy: 18 city, 25 highway
Base price: $31,300
As tested: $31,950
In brief: Front-engine, rear-drive V6 four-door sports sedan redesigned in 2005 to compete with BMW's 3-series, offering equal performance with better styling and a lower price.
Likes: More-than-satisfying handling and response, attractive styling, roomy interior.
Dislikes: Quibbles only: audio controls hard to use, cupholders won't hold two lattes side-by-side.
Subaru Impreza WRX
Horsepower: 230 horsepower
Torque: 235 pound-feet
Zero-60: 6.4 seconds
Fuel economy: 20 city, 26 highway
Base price: $24,995
As tested: $25,620
In brief: Turbocharged four-cylinder front-drive four-door sports sedan redesigned for 2006. Good-sized interior suited to younger driver starting a family. Sti version, with 300 horsepower, 0-60 in 5 seconds, and aggressive styling available for young enthusiast ($32,995).
Likes: Very quick around town, fun to drive with responsive handling, but with sleeper appearance.
Dislikes: Bland interior; lightweight, less-than-solid feeling
Ford Explorer LTD 4x4
Horsepower: 292 horsepower
Torque: 300 pound-feet
Cargo space: 83.7 cu.ft. Towing: 7,120 lb.
Fuel economy: 15 city, 20 highway
Base price: $35,940
As tested: $45,930
In brief: Full-sized offroad-capable, 6-passenger SUV. Limited has luxury interior trim.
Likes: As the best-selling SUV, the Explorer is the benchmark and continues to be the best of the lot for 2006. Good handling, comfortable interior, excellent offroad and towing capability.
Dislikes: Top-of-line trim is too much of a good thing. Lower-priced models offer better SUV value. Rear seat console limits cargo space.